Folk Dances of India

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<ul><li><p>A comprehensive compilation of folk dances of india( state-wise)</p><p>ANDHRA PRADESH</p><p>Bonalu DanceDappu Dance - Dhimsa Dance -Gussadi Dance -Thapetta Gullu Dance -VeeraNatyam Dance - It is also called Veerangam and Veerabhadra Nrityam.Mathuri ( Koppu) Dance - .</p><p>Kollatam Dance - .</p><p>ARUNACHAL PRADESH</p><p>Lossar Monpa Dance -Lion and Peacock Dance -Nyida Parik or Horn Bill Dance - .</p><p>Rikhampada Dance -Yak Chham Dance - .</p><p>Goya Sedong Se Dance -Taapu Dance -Ponung Dance - .</p><p>ASSAM</p><p>Bihu Dance - .</p><p>Mishing Gumrak Bihu Dance -Bordoichikla Dance - .</p><p>Bagrumbha Dance -Kahin Ghuruwa Dance -</p><p>BIHAR</p><p>Jhijhiya Dance - .</p><p>Domkach Dance -Panwaria Dance -</p><p>CHATTISGARH</p></li><li><p>Panthi Dance -Baiga Karma Dance -Gaur Maria Dance -</p><p>Kaksar Dance - .</p><p>Saila Dance -</p><p>GOA</p><p>Goff Dance -</p><p>Samai Dance - .</p><p>Ghode Modheni Dance -</p><p>Tarang Mel Dance - .</p><p>Dekhani Dance -</p><p>GUJARAT</p><p>Daang Dance -</p><p>Garba Dance -</p><p>Janviyo Dhol -Mewasi Dance - .</p><p>Rathwa Dance -Siddhi Damal Dance Tippani Dance -Dandiya Ras Dance -</p><p>Padhar Ras Dance -</p><p>HARYANA</p><p>Dhamal Dance - .</p><p>Bum Rasia Dance - ..</p><p>Ghoomar Dance -Jangam Dance -</p></li><li><p>Khoria Dance -Loor/ Lahoor Dance - .</p><p>Phag Dance -</p><p>HIMACHAL PRADESH</p><p>Gaddi Nati Dance - .</p><p>Chham Chhank Dance -Gujjari Nati Dance -</p><p>Jhamakada Dance - .</p><p>Kinnauri Nati Dance -Kullu Nati Dance -Lahauli Dance - The Lahauli dance seems to have more affinity with the Ladakhi dances than with the Himachali ones. The dance is performed on Surna and Damman, the most essential musical instruments of Ladakh. But the songs and ceremonial movements in this dance are specially Lahauli.</p><p>Mahasu Nati Dance - Nati dances are performed in varying styles all over Himachal Pradesh. The present districts of Shimla and Solan are known as Mahasu. In this region, Nati is traditionally performed near the temple precincts by both men and women.Jammu and Kashmir</p><p>Dhamali Dance- Devotional dance performed by men in Kashmir. it is very popular with the pilgrims going on Ziarat.</p><p>Dogri Dance - It is a dance restricted to the womenfolk and is always performed while singing various songs. It is held after the men folk leave the house with the bridegroom to bring the new bride.</p><p>Flower Dance - The Flower dance is performed by the inhabitants of Nubra Valley of Ladakh. They offer first flower of the spring season to God and present the second to their beloved.</p><p>Jabro Dance - Jabro is popular folk dance of the Changpa tribe of Changthang region of Laddakh.</p><p>Kud Dance - 'Kud' means a fair or mela and the dance performed during fair is known as Kud dance. This is a typical community dance performed in the middle mountain ranges of Jammu.</p><p>Mentok Stanmo Dance - Mentok Stanmo, the flower dance, is performed by the inhabitants of Nubra Valley of Ladakh.</p></li><li><p>Ruff Dance - Ruff is the most popular dance in the Kashmir Valley and is performed by thewomen folk. This dance is performed during harvesting season but the most essential occasion is the month of Ramzan when every street and corner in Kashmir resounds with the Ruff songs and dance.</p><p>Jharkand</p><p>Karma Dance - This traditional dance gets its name from Karma tree which stands for fortune and good luck.</p><p>Domkach Dance - Domkach is a distinctive folk dance of the Chhotanagpur area of Jharkhand and is performed by women of the bridegrooms family after his Baarat has left for the brides house.</p><p>Hunta Dance - The hunter dance of Santhals who live in the hilly plateau of Chhota Nagpur of Santhal Parganas is known as Hunta Dance.</p><p>Paika Dance - The Paika dance form is mostly prevalent amongst the Munda Community of Jharkhand.</p><p>Saraikaella Chhahu Dance - This is one of the three Chhau dance prevailing in the Eastern region and in the states of WestBengal, Orissa and Jharkhand. This is a martial art dance of Saraikella in Jharkhand embedding the Veera rasa of the Indian dramatic spectrum.</p><p>KARNATAKA</p><p>Dollu kunitha Dance - Dollu Kunitha is a drum dance performed by the menfolk of shepherd community called Kourkas.</p><p>Gorwara Kunitha Dance - Gorwara dance of Karnataka is a religious dance performed during the festival of Mylaralinga. Mylara is a Shaivite centre situated in North Karanataka.</p><p>Kamsale Dance - Kamsale is a simple metallic instrument to produce rhythmic sound while the artists sing and dance. They sing in praise of Shiva and his devotees. Mostly found in Mysore and Mandya districts of Karnataka.</p><p>Puja Kunitha Dance - This is a dance of worship to propitiate Goddess Shakti. It is very popular in Mandya, Bangalore and Kolar districts.</p><p>Suggi Kunitha Dance - Suggi Kunitha is an art form perfected by the Halakki Vokkaligas of North Karnataka.</p><p>Ummattata Dance -The other name of this dance is Mohini. Kodava women folk perform this. At the centre one women stands with a pot full of water. She represents water deity Kaveri. Kodava people worship the Kaveri deity as their community goddess.</p></li><li><p>Veeragase Dance -Veeragase is popular folk dance from Karnataka. It is a symbolic presentation of the heroism and valour of Veerabahadhra at the time of Dakshyagnya.</p><p>Yakshagana Dance - Yakshgan is a traditional performing art form of Karnataka . It is a combined art of dance, music and literature. The whole play is performed under the direction of 'bhagvatha' .</p><p>KERALADhafmuttu Kali Dance - This a group dance of the Parayas of Maippuram district.</p><p>Garuda Parva Dance - This dance form is performed in Vaikom, Udayanapuram, Vadayar Elankavu, MoothedathKavu, Mankompu, Alleppey, Brahmamangalam, Trippunithura and some other temples where the deity Badrakali is installed.</p><p>Kalaripayat Dance - Kalaripayat is the exclusive martial arts legacy of Kerala which was taken to China by the Buddhist monks. The literal meaning of Kalaripayat is acquired skill of art. Kalari means school or arena, and Payat is skill, training, exercise or practice.</p><p>Kol Kali Dance - Kol Kali is a joyous dance performed to the accompaniment of songs sung by the leader first and repeated next by the dancers in a chorus.</p><p>Moplah Kali Dance - The Moplahs are a sect living on the coasts of kerala in Malabar. The dancers sing in praise of the prophet Mohammed.</p><p>Oppana Dance - This is a bridal dance associated with the Muslim wedding ceremony in Kerala and Lakshadweep.. Brides and grooms are mentally prepared for marriage and the nuptial night by their close friends through a sequence of dance and music.</p><p>Theyyam Dance - THEYYAM, otherwise known as KALIYATTAM, is an ancient socio-religious ceremony performed in Kerala since very remote times. As the word KALIYATTAM denotes, this is a sacred dance performance for KALI. KALIYATTAM is sometimes called THERAYATTOM because every THERA or village was duly bound to perform it.</p><p>Velakalli Dance - Velakali of Kerala originated from martial practices and has subsequently acquired ritualistic overtones. The dance is generally performed by special hereditary Nair families who have exclusive rights of performance.</p><p>LAKSHWADEEP</p><p>Lava Dance - This is perhaps the most colourful dance sequence of Lakshadweep but confined to Minicoy Island.</p><p>Parichakali Dance - This is one of the most popular dance among men in the islands.</p><p>MADHYA PRADESH </p></li><li><p>Bhagoriya Dance - Bhagoriya is a well known dance of the Bheels, a large tribe of Madhya Pradesh. This dance is associated with a festival known as 'Bhagoria' and a fair called Bhagoriya haat. Unmarried girls and boys dressed in their best festive clothes come to the fair to choose their life partners.</p><p>Baiga Pardhuani Dance - This dance is popular amongst the Baiga tribe, performed to welcome the wedding procession.</p><p>Baredi Dance - Performed by male dancers of Ahir (cowherd) community from Bun-delkhand region.</p><p>Bhadham Dance - Bhadam, one of the most popular tradition dance forms of Bharia tribe from Madhya Pradesh, is performed on the occasion of marriage.</p><p>Gaur Maria Dance - Basically performed on the occasion of marriages by Gaur Maria of Abhujmar plateau of Bastar and is called Gaur after Bison.</p><p>Gudum Dance - Gudum is a traditional instrument which is more popular amongst the Dhulia tribal of Dindori, Mandla and Shahdol districts in Madhya Pradesh.</p><p>Baiga Karma Dance - The Baiga tribe living in close proximity to nature, eulogizes its beauty through their karma songs and demonstrate it through the graceful karma dance.</p><p>Kathi Dance - Kathi dance is a very powerful form of folk of Nimar region in Madhya Pradesh and is performed by Balahi Harijan community. </p><p>Mataki Dance - Mataki dance has its own traditional importance in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. One of the particular rhythm of dhol or dholak is known as Mataki.</p><p>Raee Dance - Raee dance is popular in Bundelkhand regions of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.</p><p>Saila Rina Dance - Saila is the corrupt form of the original word 'Shaila' which means a hill. Saila dance is popular amongst the Gonds and Baiga tribals of Madhya Pradesh which includes the stick performance, the Danda Pata. Rina dance is performed by women which usually follows Saila dance. Whichever village Saila dancers go to perform, the girls from that village join the dance. When joined by girls, this is called Saila Rina dance</p><p>MAHARASTHRA</p><p>Banjara Dance - The 'Banjaras' or gypsies, a nomadic people, reside in the border area of Southern Maharashtra. Their attractively dressed womenfolk, laden with varied ornaments are distinctive feature of this community which earns its livelihood through hard work and physical labour. On festivals and auspicious occasions the women bedecked in traditional finery dance all night in celebration.</p></li><li><p>Dhangari Dance - The Dhangars (Shepherds)of Sholapur district rear sheep and goats to make their living. The dance is meant to please their God and to ask his blessings. They dance in traditional Marathi dresses Dhoti, Angarkha and Pheta with colourful Kerchiefs in their hands around a group of drum players.</p><p>Koli Dance - The Koli dance carries with it the fragrance and aroma of sea life. The Kolis inhabit the seashore and perform a variety of dances revolving around the life of fishermen near the seashore.</p><p>Lavani Dance - Lavani is the most popular and best known folk dance form of the State. Music, poetry, dance and drama intermingle with such perfection in the rendering of Lavani, that it is almost impossible to separate the various components.</p><p>Lingo Dance - This traditional dance form hails from Gadchiroli region and is very popular among Gond tribes. Juggo and Lingo are two Goddesses of the Gond tribe.</p><p>Songi Dance - The Songi Mukhawate dance of Maharashtra is an integral part of the worship of Devi at the time of Chaitra Purnima. Associated with the worship of Devi, this dance is performed to drive away evil spirits during auspicious ceremonies.</p><p>MANIPURLai Harobai Dance - The ancient Manipuris have developed a very comprehensive form of dance, which is popularly known as Lai Haraoba, which mirrors the Pre-Vaishnavite culture.</p><p>Luivat Pheizak - It is one of the most popular dances of the Tangkhul Nagas of Manipur.</p><p>Mao Naga - It is a popular dance of Mao Nagas of Mainpur performed by boys and girls on any village festivals. Mao is a tribe residing on the Northern mountains of Mainpur,</p><p>Pung Cholom Dance - Holi, the colourful festival of spring in India, is known in Manipur as 'Yaosang. This particular dance is performed during this festival. Pung Cholom or the drum dance, is a visual interpretation of various rythmic patterns played on pung, the Manipur drum.</p><p>Thang-ta Dance - It is the martial art of Mainpur practised with sword and spear. The movements with the Thang (Sword) are to ward off evil spirit, while the Ta (spear) is held in a position to protect.</p><p>Meibul Dance - The tradition of 'Thang-Ta', the martial art has an important place in the histroy of Manipur. Initially, there was the sword and spear fight, now other items have also been revived, such as Meibul Haiba, an interesting art of Fire Play.</p><p>MEGHALAYA</p><p>Wangala Dance - The Wangala dance is the most popular and important dance of the Garos. </p></li><li><p>Chorkhela Dance - The social life of Hajongs is associated with many indigenous festivals of their own. One of such festival is called Chor and the Chorkhela is known as a dance and music festival of the Hajongs.</p><p>Hoko Dance - Koches are the unique tribe of North East India. This is the tribe, who ruled western part undivided Assam and North Bengal from 15th century onwards. They are also found in good numbers in Meghalaya. Hoko, a ritual dance, has a great significance for the Koches.</p><p>Lahoo Dance - The Lahoo Dance is one of the traditional dances of the Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya.</p><p>MIZORAMCheraw Dance - This is one of the most popular folk dancers of Mizoram. It is a community dance. it is also commonly known as the bamboo dance. Actually it has no connection with the bamboo. In earlier days, the dancers usually danced over dressed wooden sticks.</p><p>Chawnglaizawn Dance - This is a popular folk dance of one of the Mizo community known as Pawi.</p><p>ORISSA</p><p>Gotipua Dance - Gotipuas, the young boys dressed up as girls sing devotional love songs of Radha-Krishan and perform Gotipua dance.</p><p>Chadheyia Dance - The Chadheyia dance is a component of the Dandanata tradition of Orissa.</p><p>Ghoomra Dance It is a folk dance which is more popular in Kalahandi district of Orissa. It is also prevailing in Bolangir, Sambalpur and Cuttack districts of Orissa. This dance is named after the main instrument 'Ghoomra', a pitcher-shaped drum which slings from the shoulder.</p><p>Ruk Mar Nacha Dance - Ruk means to defend and Mar means to attack. Thus the dance is a highly stylised mock fight. It is prevalent in the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa and is believed to be the rudimentary form of the evolved 'Chhau' Dance of the region.</p><p>Sambhalpuri Dance - Sambhalpur is a land of myths which owes its origin to the legendary Goddess Samleshwari. This dance is also called ''Chutkachuta' dance which is based on the various ragas of Sambhalpuri folk tradition and dedicated to Goddess Samleshwari Devi.</p><p>Mayurbhanj Chhahu Dance - In Orissa, Chhau dance of Mayurbhanj region has its own speciality in its style and rhythmic form. There are three styles of Chhau dance prevailing in the eastern region of the country. Other than the Chhau of Mayurbhanj, the two are Saraikella and Purulia. The Mayurbhanj Chhau is performed without mask and the theme of the dance centres around the tales from epics like Ramayan and Mahabharata, while in Saraikella and Purulia masks are used. Nowadays, this dance is stylized and set to choreographic framework</p></li><li><p>PUNJAB</p><p>Bhangra Dance - Bhangra is the most popular and virile folk dance of Punjab. It is closely linked with harvesting. Danced on moonlit nights, the dance begins in slow rhythmic movements and reaches a crescendo. The leader of the dance is the drummer who plays at the centre of thedancers. Traditional songs are sung by the dancers and there is immense scope for improvisation. With each new couplet, the dancers change their steps, accompanying them with refrains like 'Bale' 'Bale' and "Oe Oe".</p><p>Bazigarnia da Gidda It is the popular and favourite way of celebrating any happy occasion on weddin...</p></li></ul>